To be perfectly honest, in our family it’s really my husband, Robert, who is the winter wonderman. About 10 years ago when we lived in Medford, N.J. there was a blizzard of epic proportions that left us house-bound for days. My husband morphed into a mad winter genius and architect of pure mayhem. He used all my loaf pans to make building blocks by packing snow into them as brick molds. He not only made forts, but shoveled and tamped the white stuff into a kiddie luge that he slicked with water. It is still know in the family as “Best day ever!”
I, on the other hand, had the bright idea of hitching our dog to a sled and putting the kids (then 7- and 5-years-old) on board for a ride. One squirrel and a harrowing chase later, we decided never to do that again. Don’t try this at home, especially if home is across the street from a lake in Medford. Long story short, that’s how new moms become old moms in a hurry.
So this time my bright ideas are just art smart. I suggest that, when you head out to stock up on things for being snowed-in, get some food coloring, spray bottles, paper cups, brushes, and cheap baking tins of various sizes.
The spray bottles are for filling with water and food coloring to “paint” on the big white canvas that’s coming your way. Although your art can be flat or 3-D.
My son Quin said he’d paint on the outside of the windows with colored water to make stained glass. That seems iffy to me so I was happy to find Crayola’s Crystalizing Window markers at the store last week. The markers work on any window, hot or cold, and from the inside. They go on looking like watery versions of regular markers, but as they dry they look just like Jack Frost turned them into colored ice crystals. In our house, Mr. Frost is a very busy guy this week and all our windows are awesome.